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The Conservation Volunteers

Senior Project Officer, Belfast

Based in Belfast, N.Ireland
35 hours per week
Salary: £22,000 per annum

The Conservation Volunteers – The Community Volunteering Charity

Every day TCV works across the UK to create healthier and happier communities for everyone - communities where our activities have a lasting impact on people’s health, prospects and outdoor places.

About the role:

Location and geographical area

The post is based at TCV’s Ravenhill Road office in South Belfast with projects being delivered throughout the city and greater Belfast area. Project sites include community gardens and allotments, shared greenspaces, Health Trust settings, schools and community hubs. The Senior Project Officer will be part of a busy team with access to shared resources, tools and vehicles.

Main activities

The main activities the Senior Project Officer will undertake are as follows:

  • Delivering TCV’s Green Gym project to connect local people to green spaces for health and social well-being benefits through a model of community development. On site and online leading of food growing and community projects such as community garden development and horticultural workshops.
  • Leading practical environmental projects with volunteers having responsibility for Health and Safety, Safeguarding, quality standards and volunteer welfare.
  • Promoting the benefits of the Green Gym to new audiences through social media, online workshops, attending events and networking.
  • Sourcing income through the delivery of horticulture/environmental projects.
  • In a typical week the Senior Project Officer will spend 4 days running practical environmental projects and working with volunteers. The equivalent of 1 day will be spent on site visits and administration activities relating to the project planning, monitoring and reporting.


More information on TCV’s Green Gym project can be found here

Experience

Applicants should have sound experience and knowledge of food growing and be able to articulate their learnings to educate and upskill community volunteers. Good record keeping skills are essential and experience of evaluating projects desirable.

Experience of delivering horticulture projects in a community setting is essential. This can be through paid employment or voluntary work.

Experience of supporting or leading volunteers would be an advantage.

Understanding of community development models and the charity/NGO sector is important.

There is no specific qualification required, but a qualification in horticulture or environment such as NVQ, HND or BTEC is helpful. Experience of volunteering in this sector will be highly regarded.

Transport

TCV will provide access to a shared fleet of vehicles for the purpose of transporting volunteers and materials.

A full driving licence is required

Holidays

25 days per year and rising one day per year of service to 30 days at 5 years, plus all public holidays. (pro rata if 28 hours).

This post is predominantly funded by the Public Health Agency

A full driving licence is required as the post holder has use of a company vehicle.

This post is subject to an enhanced AccessNI check

A bit more about us:

We recognise that each community and the people living there have different needs. Whether improving wellbeing, conserving a well-loved outdoor space or bringing people together to promote social cohesion and combat loneliness, TCV works together with communities to deliver practical solutions to the real life challenges they face.

For over 50 years we have adapted our work with volunteers to reflect the changing needs of communities in the UK and, by giving people a sense of purpose and belonging, we have empowered them to take control of their lives and outdoor spaces for the benefit of all.

Whilst our activities vary, our inclusive approach has remained consistent; bringing people and places together to create happy, healthy and connected communities for everyone.

Join in, Feel good.

For further information and to apply, please visit www.tcv.org.uk. Alternatively, email Dianne d.keys@tcv.org.uk or call 07764655705.

Closing date for completed applications: 4.00pm Thursday 1st December 2022

Interview date: Wednesday 7th December at: Beech House, 159 Ravenhill Road, Belfast

Return completed application form and Fair Employment Monitoring form (available on our website) to recruitment@tcv.org.uk

Closing Date: 01/12/2022  Location: Belfast

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